Library 2.0 is about “…putting human beings back in the information continuum…” Stephen Abram
Really?? When were humans ever out of the information continuum? What about teachers? What about parents? What about friends? What about librarians? What about readers? What about students? Even a card catalog represents human involvement in the information continuum.
Library 2.0 is “…a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly, and welcoming.” Thing 2: What is Web 2.0?
I tend to agree with those within the profession who have asserted that libraries have always been collaborative, customer friendly, and welcoming. Library 2.0 is just adapting to a decreasingly civilized and literate society. We do what we have to do in order to survive.
One question we have been asked to consider is this:
How has the Internet and the vast resource it can be affected your use of time at work and/or at home?
I waste a whole lot of time on the Internet that could be better spent in a myriad of thoughts and/or activities. That being said, it has wonderful, money saving communication tools and does afford quick access to reliable information, especially since I have been trained to search for it and not rely and Google’s first 10 hits/pages. I might also acknowledge that time wasted reading things on the Internet is time that I very likely would have wasted reading a real book or watching a movie.
Also, Wendy Schultz’s description of Library 4.0 is very close to my idea of heaven.